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Monotonik is an Internet-only music label that _exclusively_ releases electronic music online in the mp3 format - subscribe to our RSS feed to get info on the latest releases.

In their words: All of our releases are freely downloadable and distributable for personal, non-commercial use, and we've been releasing .mp3 and .mod files online since May 1996. We offer mellow and melodic 'idm' electronic music, alongside bleep-inflected retro videogame soundtrack stylings, plus selections of more uptempo breakbeat, drum and bass, and 'nu chill', courtesy DJs, groups, and producers from all over the world. More information about the label is available at our main website, http://www.monotonik.com

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This third set of releases, spanning October 2002 to October 2003, from our net.label Monotonik showcases more of the diversity between retro beepiness and increasing indielectronic influences. Some highlights might include the sublime Grandma EPs, showcasing one of the youngest and breakthrough-est Monotonik artists, some gorgeous Australian electronics with Super Science's re-issues, more retro beep from the 'Best Of AHX' compilation, and lots more good stuff from Kaamos, Ernesto Aeroflot and...
Topics: Electronic, IDM, Bleep
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This first set of free to download, Creative Commons-licensed MP3 releases from our electronica-based net.label, Monotonik ( http://www.monotonik.com ), were originally released from January 1999 to March 2001. They chronicle the period after Monotonik decided to stop releasing .MOD files, and start releasing those new-fangled (at the time!) .MP3s. Some highlights might include Lackluster's languidly beautiful "Bothersome (Mother Mix)", later to feature on his lovely 'Container' album...
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This second set of MP3 releases from our net.label Monotonik was originally released from March 2001 to September 2002, when we were both breaking out the retro beep releases and continuing along the same chilled idm path. Some highlights might include Idmonster's beautifully delicate 'The Force May Be With You', Sleepy Town Manufacture's peaceful Russian IDM, some superquirky goodness from Phasmid, retro but gorgeous techno from Tweeter, amazing beepiness from both Aleksi Eeben and Virt, more...
Topics: Trip-Hop, IDM, Bleep, Synth
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In the form of a Valentine's Day gift to all from Russian idm maestro Sleepy Town Manufacture , which Monotonik has sneakily re-packaged and re-gifted to the entire world, we're proud to present 'For You & For Me', an entire double album picking some of the best from STM's unreleased output from 1999 to 2002, with a number of tracks specially updated and remastered for this compilation. Sleepy Town, formerly a duo/trio, and now down to a single member, are particularly known for their...
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The second release from Sweden's Bliss , aka Henrik Jose, and this lovingly crafted 3-track EP cements his reputation as creator of some of the lushest, most beautiful electronics around. With his previous net.label releases on Fairlight Music and success at the Assembly demoparty last year, his vocal-blended, multi-layered, live instrument-appropriating angle creates, well, just sublime results, well-deserving of a record deal any time now, we reckon. This EP starts out with 'Transportation Is...
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We're proud to welcome the debut release on Monotonik from Stefan Ternemar, the Swedish artist also known as S.T. 'Emotions In A Box' is Stefan's first set of songs released anywhere outside his own webpage, and it's a fitting introduction to his bold, melodically strident idm electronics. First off would be 'Downtown', almost Huelsbeck-ian in its wish to get straight down to brass tacks and blast you with carefully considered catchiness, heaping layer upon layer of gorgeously synthetic sounds...
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Topics: IDM, Game
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We continue proceedings with this mp3 from Distance, aka Lackluster , our Finnish amigo and master of the understated ambient techno mood. This particular track drifts and phases its way around in a most attractive way.. so, just chill out, put your feet up and check out this most glacial of grooves. Yet again Monotonik tends towards the Pete Namlook/ FAX stylings we admire so much.
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This final compilation, originally put together by an unknown person and spread on P2P networks, but now embraced by Monotonik as a good primer for our net.label's output up to around 2001, has more well-chosen releases on it. As with previous compilations by the same person, a number of tracks (although less this time!) only normally available in .MOD form are here as .MP3s - check out the neat Substance track, more early Jiva, and a great melding of a bunch of MP3 releases into a cohesive...
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Having released an EP back in 2002 from the sometime duo, nowadays largely uno Ilkae , aka Canada's Aaron Munson, we were delighted when we heard Ilkae had a new 777-copy limited edition CDR out, called 'Stained Glass Pinata'. What's more, he wanted to mix up a couple of the tracks from it with some more exclusive songs for a Monotonik release as the cunningly named 'Stained Glass Confetti EP'. In fact, we were so delighted that we let him do it. So he did. So we released it. And this is it....
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This third-party compilation is one of three put together by an unknown person and spread on P2P networks, and acts as a 'best of' for Monotonik. We decided it has excellent track choice (check out early tracks from Whiskas and Jiva in particular), plus a number of tracks only normally available in .MOD form as .MP3s, so we've made it an official release and added it to our catalog - the Internet and freely distributed music comes up with cool ideas like this if you're lucky. Track listing...
Topics: Electronic, Techno, IDM
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by Izmar
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Although sometimes overlooked, due to their release on Monotonik's lesser-known sublabel Mono211, the two albums we've put out so far by Dutch ex-techno producer Izmar are, everyone seems to agree, pretty damn special, twinning Fila Brazillia style grooves with gorgeous melodies. So, when we got a whole extra CD of material from him (to be dealt with soon!), plus a follow-up of this lovely four-track EP, we grinned happily and got on with the harrowing job of actually releasing it, starting...
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Following the release of the first "Aze" album from Dutch artist Izmar, earlier this year, we carefully guarded the follow-up, containing more excellent chilled instrumental tracks recorded around the same time, which all ready to go. So, go now it does, and for fans of Fila Brazillia, Max Brennan, or any other deliciously funky chill hybrid shenanigans, you may, indeed, have a second treat in store. It's difficult to pick out specific standouts in this uniformly lush album, but...
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Topics: Techno, IDM
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This follow-up third-party, but now Monotonik-embraced 'best of' collection, put together by an unknown person and spread on P2P networks, has more well-chosen MP3 and pre-MP3 releases from our electronic netlabel on it. Again a number of tracks only normally available in .MOD form as .MP3s, so we've made it an official release and added it to our catalog - watch out for the excellent Zyad remix of Vim!, and some cool early Prob and Hoffman tracks. Track listing (items with * have only...
Topics: Electro, IDM, Electronic
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by Lackluster
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This was originally the first ever CD release on Monotonik, back in 1999, and was a limited-edition CDR from Lackluster, aka Distance, the Finnish ambient/idm maverick and proud Monotonik artist. The disc was limited to 100 individually numbered copies. The tracks themselves offer 12 tracks of gorgeous idm goodness, some previously released online, but now all gathered together on CD for the first time, and with a number of exclusive tracks. You can find out more about Lackluster via his...
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All the way from Alaska, Jiva provides us with some truly serene idm in the style of the similarly remote but moving Boards Of Canada or Biosphere. Beautiful home listening for everyone, and well worth the download. And we know our French is schoolboy at best, but the title is definitely something about strolling across the seabed, isn't it?
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Courtesy of probably the most renowned artist on Monotonik, Finland's pukka idm maestro Lackluster , late of DeFocus Records, Merck, Rikos, and a host of other labels, we have a rare treat - a full, hour-long live set recorded at Helsinki's M-Bar in July 2003. There, using a laptop running the great Ableton Live software, Esa 'Lackluster' Ruoho mashed up classic Monotonik tracks, remixes, and on-the-spot jams into a cohesive whole - highlights include a gorgeous unreleased track, the...
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by Gschmidt
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We like receiving new tracks from new artists out of the blue, and previously Berlin and Chicago-based Gschmidt is another of those happy surprises. Based on some wonderfully eerie conspiracy theories involving rogue planets stalking the Earth, 'Nibiru Coming' is a complex web of indietronic melodies worth becoming entwined in. The lead track, 'Head For The Hills', starts with some serene synthplay before delving into a complex melding of live instruments, driving percussion, and carefully...
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Topics: Indie-tronica, Poptronica, IDM
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Kuu, aka Substance, scores a majestic little piece of Monotonik-ness from the depths of his pure sinewaved soul. Beautifully drifting for most of it, the final couple of minutes change tack into a minor hailstorm of electronic noise. The sustain goes on forever.. just a really, serenely beautiful track. Comparisons are needed but not really forthcoming - perhaps a little like Luke Slater when he's being a little mellower? Who knows? Well, you do when you download it, we believe.
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The debut release from Canada's contemplative, indielectronic Oveloe , aka Charles Bisaillon, who's previously released an excellent EP on net.label Kikapu , shows a beautifully phrased grasp of strangely retro-sounding, but absolutely not bleep heavy electronics. Soulful, considered, and intelligent, it makes the weirdest sense to us. As for the individual songs, 'Transistor Love', the first track, allows a throbbing backbeat drift and a plaintive, multi-tiered lead, before seguing into an...
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by Tweeter
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We don't tend to release many single tracks at Monotonik anymore, preferring EPs or albums. But when cult Finnish ex demo-scene composer Tweeter, perhaps best known for his late '90s releases on Substance's mod.label Voodoo, contacts us and offers us his first finished track since 2001, and it happens to be just gorgeous, what do we do? Well, we make an exception, of course. But how to describe? Well, similarly to his previous Monotonik release, 'Me And My Friend Lobstah', Tweeter shows his...
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by Lackluster
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An mp3 single taken from the limited-edition CD by Lackluster (aka Distance), this track finds him in typically drifting, understated, beautifully pin-sharp ambient form. Chords steal quietly over the top of quietly pulsating drums and weirdly insistent bass, like the slow conquering tides.. perfectly balanced, electronics practically sound natural when they're like this. Compare and contrast to any other mellow ambient idm you like, in the end nobody sounds quite like Lackluster (but, of...
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The first EP release online from Monotonik, and that quirky English idm-ster, 3818919/w, comes up trumps with some beautiful tracks influenced by everything from Bola through Bochum Welt to Plone. The lead track, "Nachos Supreme", is full of wonderfully twisty riffs and nimble drums, and "Ages" and "Cheshire" float into melodic ambience of the slightly surreal, fevered kind, whilst the final tune, "Shift-Break", uses clunks and robot voices to bring the...
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From the depths of the Straits of Atlantis, the artist known as Octopus Land has surfaced, and with him he brings, entangled in his nets, a veritable bounty of sweet, jittering idm melodies, and dark, underwater fruits of the sea. For starters, 'Tortoise Catch' twins the random stomp with the sweet orchestra of the dolphins, epic and joyous, before 'Voave222' hesitantly taps out a morse code of undersea distress, all plaintive against the blackness of the deep, dark ocean. Next, Octopus Land...
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Something distinctly different, this mp3 release is from the English artist 3818919/w, of which little can be revealed - other than the fact he works in computer games as a graphics artist and is also responsible for the rather cool mp3-cover to this release. This track was done with a cacophony of cantankerous old analogue synths and drum machines and is distinctly influenced by a number of Warp and Rephlex artists. But we like to think the beguiling melodies and intriguing percussion bring a...
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A return to Monotonik duties from Swedish artist Anders Svensson, formerly a Scandinavian indie band stalwart, and following up his debut Monotonik EP with another 3 tracks of wonderfully elliptical, genuinely original takes on the whole electronic music thing. First up, 'Making It Personal' does that almost-cylical gorgeously crystallic thing than so many of Anders' tracks seem to, before 'Facing Trouble' drifts beautifully around the question, all coy and drifting. Finally, 'Sooner As Well As...
Topic: IDM